Lust for Life [VINYL] Import
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i've heard theories that these two albums are supposed to musically and lyrically reflect iggy's state of mind at the time; 'the idiot' was the depressing descent into pills-and-booze despair; 'lust for life' was the optimistic, pick-yourself-up recovery. comparing the two albums, the differences are more than apparent. whilst 'the idiot' was murky, druggy teutonic art-rock that sounded not unlike kraftwerk et al, 'lfl' is a pure and jubilant rock album, through and through. ig even sounds happy on occasions!
the hunt brothers' rhythm section pounds and thunders through 9 fantastic tracks whilst the guitars crunch, twist and wail courtesy of the excellent carlos alomar and ricky gardiner. and iggy's never sounded so good since his stooges days, proving that he doesn't have to scream to be a great frontman (not that i'm complaining, i love the stooges). bowie also adds some subtly tinkling piano in places, although i think his touch is a bit less obvious here than it was on the previous album.
thankfully, iggy's not gone all nice on us; there's plenty of sleaze here. sixteen year-olds in leather boots, weird sins, OD's and neigbourhood threats, the iggy of old has not left us completely just yet (thank god)!
all in all, this is iggy's best and most accessible solo work, and if you only want the one iggy solo record in your collection, this is the one, without a doubt. sadly, the rest (apart from 'the idiot') are patchy. anyway, 'lfl' is a rock classic and should appeal to anyone with decent musical taste. five stars!!Read more ›
The first five songs are near perfect sleaze driven slightly european sounding rock, all tight funky drums and twisting guitars, and fantastically langerous, crooning, shrieking desperate, sexual vocals from Iggy.
Side two of the album fares less well, as "Success" and "Turn Blue", despite definitely having their moments, are not really up to the quality of the rest of the album. The last two tracks finish the procceedings in a fine style however.
Its like the more upbeat side to the same dark world visited by Iggy and Bowie and friends on "The Idiot", but although there is desperation, drug overdoses, and gloom, the more driving edge of the material is strangely uplifting, and shows Iggy to be a total survivor. A short, concise album which just gets better the more you listen to it.
"Listen, dude. I've done this for thirty years. The first fifteen years were highly creative and featured a low discipline level. The second half has been a reverse. There was overall less striking creativity but more discipline".
I would agree with that honest appraisal. I would also suggest this quickly-created, nine song 1977 release - which was Iggy's second solo album - was the last truly compelling LP from that first half of his career. It begins with the sound of a massive drum beat that presages the high-energy rock-and-roll and nonsense poetry of the title track, 'Lust For Life'. The quality of the material barely falters thereafter. There are up-tempo songs - like the glorious 'Success' - which radiate joie de vivre. And there are also some downbeat mood pieces - such as 'Tonight' and 'Turn Blue' - which, with their haunted (heroin-related?) feel, provide faint echoes of the mid-tempo experimentalism that he favoured on his other album of that year, the incomparable The Idiot. The reasons for success across this 41 minute album are threefold. Firstly, the presence of the Sales brothers and Carlos Alomar on Lust For Life. These highly-proficient session musicians provide a powerful, if conventional hard rock accompaniment to Iggy's varied musings. Secondly, the [re]appearance of David Bowie as a collaborator. In his role as a singer, producer, and overseer, he helps coax a series of powerful performance from Pop. And finally, and most importantly, is the man himself. He appears to be a man at the height of his powers. He radiates confidence with his rictus grin on the sleeve.Read more ›
There are two standout tracks here that almost anyone who has ever heard of Iggy knows - the amazingly arranged 4 chord repetition of 'The Passenger', and the highlight of the 'Trainspotting', 'Lust for Life'.
In general the album is a lot of Iggy and a lot of Bowie, and most tracks show the input of both of them. Maybe some are a little on the long side, but it's a collection of great songs. 'Some Weird Sin' and 'Turn Blue' are a couple of favourites of mine, but I think most of the tracks on this are pretty strong.
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